Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 104, Sixers 83
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets rode their starting frontcourt to victory Tuesday night.
Reggie Evans had 17 points and 24 rebounds -- the NBA-leading ninth time he has grabbed as many as 20 boards in a game this season -- and Brook Lopez added 29 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 104-83 blowout win over Philadelphia at Barclays Center.
The Nets (45-32) are now 29-4 against sub-.500 teams and 32-15 against the Eastern Conference. They won their season series with the Sixers, 3-1.
Deron Williams, coming off back-to-back 30-point outings, didn't notch his first points until the third quarter and totaled 11 of them in 27 minutes. Williams hit his 158th 3-pointer of the season, tying Kerry Kittles' franchise record.
Joe Johnson, 9-for-27 in his first two games after coming back from a heel injury, scored 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting in 23 minutes. Johnson had been a game-time decision.
The Nets, who led by as many as 28, shot 45.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Philadelphia 67-34. They also won the points-in-the-paint battle, 58-30. Their starters did not play in the fourth quarter.
FAST START: Evans had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first quarter, while Lopez added 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Their performances allowed the Nets to establish a 31-18 lead at the end of one. They limited the Sixers to just 28.6 percent in the opening stanza. The Nets came in ranked second in the NBA in first-quarter scoring margin.
REGGIE'S 10-AND-10: According to the team, since the play-by-play era began, no Net player has ever recorded a double-double by the end of the first quarter prior to Tuesday night. The last NBA player to accomplish this feat was Dwight Howard, who recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds by the end of the first quarter on Feb. 8, 2011, versus Miami.
UP NEXT: Nets at Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. Wednesday.